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Offline Rasalhauge

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Writer's cramp, constant and painful
« on: August 30, 2014, 04:58:07 PM »
Yeah, I guess I can add this one to the ever-growing list of physical symptoms from anxiety. From time to time I've had this before, but in the last couple of weeks it's been excruciating. I can't even grip a pen without getting this cramp-like feeling in the palm of my hand. It happens all the time.

No matter how much I try I can't help but to think that this is a sign of something neurological.

On top of all, my doctor decided to take me offof Lyrica, and my lispy pronunciation of f-sounds is worse than ever.

How can this be just anxiety?
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Re: Writer's cramp, constant and painful
« Reply #1 on: August 30, 2014, 05:12:36 PM »
I could smack you. I am really confused as to why your doctor took you off your anxiety medication.
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Re: Writer's cramp, constant and painful
« Reply #2 on: August 30, 2014, 05:18:10 PM »
I could smack you. I am really confused as to why your doctor took you off your anxiety medication.

You and me both man, psychiatric Healthcare is a joke here in Sweden. I was finally, believe it or not, starting to get better. I made longterm goals for the first time in ages, now I'm sitting here shrivelling like a leaf. Not only did they decide to take me off of it, they decided to do so coldturkey.

I don't know what to do. I've the pain really is unbearable. Any recommendations on what to do?
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Re: Writer's cramp, constant and painful
« Reply #3 on: August 30, 2014, 05:19:08 PM »
What about the writers cramp though, is this really common in anxiety?
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Re: Writer's cramp, constant and painful
« Reply #4 on: August 31, 2014, 12:55:23 AM »
How long have you been off your medication?  Cramping and spasms are really common with withdrawal. 
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Re: Writer's cramp, constant and painful
« Reply #5 on: August 31, 2014, 09:57:50 AM »
I wouldn't necessarily attribute it to anxiety or medication withdrawal. 

The more we use computers and their keyboards and touch screens, the less we use pens and pencils which means our hands become less accustomed to holding pens/pencils which means when we use pens/pencils our hands cramp up a bit.

When I was young and in school, I would hand write 18-20 pages with no problem, now if I write a page my hand starts to cramp.  Its just about the muscles used to hold pens/pencils being out of shape.

Not everything is anxiety related
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